If I understand you and the situation correctly, that addresses only Windows updates, not Dell updates. It's the Dell updates that I don't know when or if they happen.In Windows you can always check for new updates by going to the bottom left box "Type here to search" and type 'update'
Please tell us how you solved it.The problem with Windows update for me is, MS will install drivers as part of the update.
In my case a generic video driver that replaced the manufacturer's driver, my video resolution will drop, and then I have to reinstall the manufacturer's driver. This drove me nuts, until I finally figured out what the MS update was doing, and what I had to do to get my video back to the way it was/should be. ARGH It took me MONTHS to figure out the solution to the problem.
I researched and after MANY blind leads, I read about reinstalling the original video drivers, so I started looking around in Windows.Please tell us how you solved it.
Maybe you now have to use your big toe instead of a fingerprint for your reader.I've had trouble with some of the driver updates, for instance it said I needed one for my fingerprint reader. I did the update and now the fingerprint reader doesn't work. I called Dell technical support, but they couldn't help me fix it. No big deal. I only use the laptop at home and don't really need the security of the reader, but it took time and effort to work on it.
Things have moved on since then. Windows 10 is very stable, I have not seen a crash in many years now. I get one monthly Windows update, that is all. Then there are functional release updates, usually twice a year. Protection against malware has greatly improved. Many types of security risk nowadays are common to all platforms.I trashed Windows as computer OS 6 years ago after enduring years of incessant "critical security updates" (meaning, at least in my mind, the Windows OS was/is a holey piece of crap that can never truly be "fixed").
The architecture of the Windows OS is deeply flawed in that it almost entirely relies on runtime loading and linking of 'blocks of code' in order to perform various sub-tasks of an application. Malware creators can lever this oversight by merely naming their trash with the same file name and Windows blindly loads and links it at run time the nuke your app, OS or exploit your personal information.
Apple on the other hand, being a derivative of UNIX OS uses only build time linking so there is no loading and linking of files at runtime. The only only way malware could possibly affect Apple computers is for a complete application to be loaded to reek it's havoc or act as a loader for some other software to 'do its thing" to your your system or personal data. This is extremely difficult to do because of the "permissions" that were built into UNIX from it's git-go (that control access to various pieces of the OS, OS functions, or applications.
Since going "Apple" I see an OS update only 3 or 4 times a year, on average; instead of 10 times a month when using Windows.
And some of us, who moved in the opposite direction, are quite content. Thank you.I trashed Windows as computer OS 6 years ago after enduring years of incessant "critical security updates" (meaning, at least in my mind, the Windows OS was/is a holey piece of crap that can never truly be "fixed").